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Oracle 11.2.0.n - Sev 1, Sev 1, Sev 1, and Sev 1

One database, four SR’s at Sev one. The oldest one has been a one for 16 days. Nice, eh?We’re pretty sure that Oracle 11.2.0.wtf doesn’t play anywhere near as nice with our workload as 10.2.0.[45].FWIW - The ‘SUN box stuck’ SR is open because a diagnostic script that Oracle had us run deadlocked a DB writer on libaio bug in Solaris 10 (Bug 6994922).

Deprovisioning as a Security Practice II

In Service Deprovisioning as a Security Practice, I asserted that using a structured process for shutting down unused applications, servers & firewall rules was good security practice.On the more traditional employee/contractor deprovisioning process, I often run into managers who view employee deprovisioning as something that protects the organization from the rogue former employee who creates chaos after they leave. If they feel that the former employee is leaving on good terms and unlikely to ‘go rogue’, they treat account deprovisioning as a background, low priority activity. There is obviously an interest in protecting the organization from the actions of the former employee, but something that is just as important to me is to  protect the employee/contractor from events that happen after they leave. I’d really hate to see someone get blamed for an event that happened after they left our employment. That’d be really unfair to them. For employees who are leaving on good terms,…

Have all big government internet projects

According to a UK ePetition by Harel Malka, we should:
Have all big government internet projects pass the approval of a technical panel made of professionals from the tech statup[sic] sector. This is an interesting idea – and one that I could buy into (under the right conditions…)
I’m a government employee that manages systems and projects that run into the millions of dollars. Would advice from the private sector help me?

Maybe.

Caveats:

Private sector consultants are in it for the money. I can pay them for advice, but in all honesty, it’s not a sure thing that I’ll get advice that is worth more than what I paid. I’ve seen plenty of cases where ‘Those who can, do; those who can’t teachconsult.’

Free advice from the private sector IT might fall under a different umbrella though. Presumably one could find skilled private sector IT practitioners who have an altruistic motive rather than a profit motive, and presumably one could find skilled persons who can donate sufficient personal tim…

Gig.U, Gigabit to the Home

Gig.U is on track. That’s cool. I’ll be very interested if Gigabit Ethernet to the home makes a difference to the ordinary home user. I’ll go on record and say that I don’t think it will. The Gig.U experiment might come up with novel and interesting uses that can’t be met by a 10 or 100Mbps home connection, but if the interesting & novel new uses for high bandwidth to the home show up, they will not radically change ordinary home users lives.Once you get above about 6Mbps to the home, what makes a difference to the home user isn’t bandwidth, it’s data caps & quotas. If I have a 6Mbps internet connection with a high data cap (like Comcast’s 250GB cap), I can radically change how I consume information. If I have higher bandwidth connection but a low data cap (like a 2GB cap on a 3G/4G phone or the 50GB caps imposed by other ISP’s), I can’t fundamentally change how I consume information/media. That’s why I don’t care if my phone is 3G or 4G. In either case it’s still a 2GB cap, s…